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USS Edmonds (DE 406)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - Y - G
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Mount Vernon"
Pre-Cold War Radio Call: "Imperial Y"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ star - Korean Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Philippine Liberation Medal w/ 1 star - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Edmonds (DE406) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 November 1943: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 17 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Faith Edmonds Campbell, mother of Aviation Ordnanceman Bert C. Edmonds
  • 03 April 1944: Commissioned at the Tennessee Coal and Iron Co. Dock, Houston, Tex., Lcdr. C. S. Barker Jr. in command
  • 03 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 2 months of service having steamed 121,000 miles
  • 26 July 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 28 February 1951: Recommissioned and homeported at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • 06 March 1959: Arrived at the U. S. Naval Reserve Center, Swan Island, Portland, Ore. for reassignment to NRT, 13th Naval District at Portland, Ore.
  • 17 July 1962: Arrived at the U. S. Naval Reserve Center, Treasure Island, San Francisco, Cal. for reassignment to NRT, 12th Naval District
  • 01 June 1965: Decommissioned at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. IAW CNO Letter SN: 701P43 of 12 May 1965
  • 15 May 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 16 years and 4 months of service
  • 28 September 1973: Sold for scrapping to the General Metals Co. of Tacoma, Wash.
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    140k 17 December 1943: Houston, Tex. - A photo of the Christening Party for Edmonds as they prepare for the launching. Ted Edmonds
    140k undated postwar image -
    217k circa 1951 - 1952: Edmonds shown during her Korean War service period.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo accession #2018-31 from the Rebecca Parrish Photo Collection at the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE / FF / LCS
    Archive Manager
    541k circa 1951 - 1952: Edmonds shown shortly after recommissioning. (per crewmember Everett Womack; in 1952 all the 40mm AA guns were removed with the exception of the one directly forward of Mt. 52) Bob Crawford
    242k circa 1957 - 1958: Edmonds shown while serving as a Naval Reserve Training ship commanded by Bob's Dad, Lcdr A.G. Crawford.
    79k 1958: King Neptune, his Queen, and the Royal Baby visit with Edmonds' skipper during an Equator Crossing Ceremony. (click here or on photo for more ceremony photos)
    73k Edmonds in dry dock at Mare Island, Cal. just prior to decommissioning in April 1965. I was part of the crew of about 40. Prior to decommissioning she was stationed at Treasure Island. Her last cruise was to Esquimalt, Canada for a Naval Reserve training exercise. Jake Jacobsen
    MM3, Engineering Yeoman
    254k undated: Edmonds is shown passing Point Loma outbound from San Diego. This appears to be a ship portrait from Marine Photos of San Diego, Cal. Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE / FF / LCS
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    Courtesy of
    Ted Edmonds
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Edmonds History
    View the USS Edmonds (DE 406) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Edmonds as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Edmonds' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  03 Apr. 1944 09 Oct. 1944Lcdr. Christopher Sylvanus Barker Jr., USN (Comm. CO) (USNA 33) (New Bern, N. C.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.)  09 Oct. 1944 .. Oct. 1945Lcdr. John Shober Burrows Jr., USNR (Norfolk, Va.)
    3.)  .. Oct. 1945 .. Nov. 1945Lcdr. Wallace P. Buerschlinger, USNR (Green Bay, Wis.)
    4.)  .. Nov. 1945 .. Dec. 1945Lcdr. Frederick Eugene Ringle, USNR (Tiffen, Ohio)
    5.)  .. Dec. 1945 .. Jan. 1946Lt.(jg) George B. Kopf Jr., USNR (Toledo, Ohio)
    6.)  .. Jan. 1946 .. Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Ellsworth H. Kendig Jr., USNR (Detroit, Mich.)
    7.)  .. Apr. 1946 31 May 1946Lt. Carl H. Engel, USNR
    8.)  28 Feb. 1951 .. .... 1952Lcdr. Harry Davis Johnston (Georgetown, Tex.)
    9.)  .. .... 1952 .. .... 1954Lt. Ralph Ellsworth Graham
    10.) .. .... 1954 21 Jan. 1956Cmdr. Richard George Redmond (Kent, Ohio)
    11.) 21 Jan. 1956 27 Jul. 1957Lcdr. John Andrew Swank (USNA 45) (Long Island City, N. Y.)
    12.) 27 Jul. 1957 29 Sep. 1958Lcdr. Arthur George Crawford
    13.) 29 Sep. 1958 16 Jan. 1960Lcdr. Harry Davis Johnston (Georgetown, Tex.)
    14.) 16 Jan. 1960 10 Oct. 1961Cmdr. Marvin Cecil Lee
    15.) 10 Oct. 1961 20 Sep. 1962Cmdr. John Bagley Lewis, USNR
    16.) 20 Sep. 1962 25 Apr. 1964Lcdr. William Sandel Louchheim Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    17.) 25 Apr. 1964 01 Jun. 1965Lcdr. Nevin Laverne Rockwell (Decomm. CO) (Salem, Mass.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    USS Edmonds Facebook Page
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Edmonds
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